Having more than one PC is usually a bonus - that is until you end up squabbling over which of the computers gets access to the internet.Most homes only have one phone line and possibly just one modem too, so only one PC can access the internet at a time.
That's where the Internet Sharing Kit comes in. It allows you to network two PCs or a PC and an Apple Mac to allow them to share one connection to the world wide web - you don't even have to have a modem in each computer as it provides software to allow you to use just one.
The first job you have to undertake is installing a network card in each of the computers that you're using. Now this is actually a pretty straightforward job, but the instructions provided with the Starter Kit are very poor and we reckon they would leave a novice in a real muddle.
And when you come to the software you'll suffer from the same woeful lack of instruction - there's no online help included, and the manuals are provided as Adobe Acrobat electronic files. That's all well and good if you've got Acrobat installed on your computer, but a real pain if you don't already have the free Acrobat reader software - as it doesn't come included on the package's CD-ROM.
Once we eventually did get the kit up and running it did precisely the job that it promised to do, allowing us to access the web from both of our computers at exactly the same time.
But, beware, splitting one connection between two means that if both computers try to download at the same time, you'll only achieve half-speed.
One added bonus with the Farallon Internet Sharing Starter Kit, though, is that it not only allows you to spread your web connection between two computers, you can also share hard disk drives and a printer - and you'll also be able to play games against one another over the network.
Contact: Softline Distribution, 01372 726333
Minimum requirements:Windows 95, Pentium 100MHz processor, 16Mb of memory, 6Mb of hard disk space, CD-ROM drive free, PCI slot in PC